Cuffs & Collars

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – May 11th, 2012

DISTRICT 1 CO Brian Bacon contacted a subject riding his ORV against the flow of traffic on a county road. The operator had not purchased an ORV license and was carrying a concealed pistol without a permit. Enforcement action was taken. COs Brian Bacon and Jason Wicklund contacted two subjects who were fishing on a local lake. Neither had a…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – May 11th, 2012

NORTHWEST REGION •Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak said, through cooperation with a local wildlife rehabilitator, two bald eagles were released in the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area. “The area was chosen for the release because of the abundant eagle habitat available,” he said. “Both birds required months of rehabilitation for their return to the wild to be a success.” •Erie…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – May 11th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) investigated a timber wolf depredation complaint. A couple of wildfires were addressed, with enforcement action taken. A garbage-dumping complaint is under investigation. CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) worked aquatic invasive species enforcement and assisted DNR Forestry with fire complaints. CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored fishing and ATV activity throughout the week. CO…

Illinois Cuffs & Collars – May 4th, 2012

Region I A CPO conducted several deer permit investigations. Two individuals were issued citations for failure to tag deer immediately upon kill in Knox and Fulton counties. The father of one subject was issued a written warning for being an accessory to the violation. A District 1 CPO concluded an investigation of a Lee County archery hunter who had purchased…

New York Cuffs & Collars – May 4th, 2012

Northern District highlights Radioactive material (Saratoga County) On Feb. 15, Region 5 ECOs and investigators responded to a residence in the town of Halfmoon where a retired medical/nuclear physicist, illegally disposed of radioactive material by encasing it in cement under his basement floor. Division of Law Enforcement investigators and uniform officers are continuing a criminal investigation at this time. On…

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – May 4th, 2012

District 9 — Black River Falls area Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, recognized the name of a fisherman as being on the Wildlife Violator Compact, with all of his DNR licenses suspended. A check with Monroe County revealed the man had four warrants, including unpaid citations for possession of an illegal-sized fish and fishing without a license. A Sparta police…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – May 4th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated an arson fire near Karlstad and attended annual in-service training at Camp Ripley. A sheep/goose depredation complaint was investigated. It turned out to be coyote depredation. CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) investigated numerous fire investigations and checked ATV activity in the state forest. CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) received a…

Ohio Cuffs and Collars – April 27th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • Knox County Wildlife Officer Mike Miller reports that on the Sunday of the two-day deer gun season he received a call from a landowner that three hunters were hunting without permission and one hunter was chasing deer on a quad runner. Miller arrived at the farm and found the three hunters hunting without…

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – April 27th, 2012

DISTRICT 1 CO Ryan Aho worked a covert patrol on the Menominee River. He targeted overlimit complaints and illegal take during the walleye run. He was able to conduct a few checks, but found no violations. CO Mark Leadman reported numerous complaints received, including litter, fishing out of season, illegal camping on state land, and ORV complaints. CO Trey Luce…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – April 27th, 2012

NORTHWEST REGION •Butler County WCO Christopher J. Deal said several treestands had to be removed from state game lands and will be held for 30 days before being disposed of. “These treestands were placed on SGLs before the 2011 rifle deer season and left in place until their removal in April 2012,” he said. “Hunters are reminded that they may…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – April 27th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) presented law and ethics information at the Greenbush firearm safety class. A calf depredation was investigated near Lancaster that turned out to be caused by coyotes. Several arson fires were investigated, and sturgeon anglers were checked on the Rainy River. CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) attended annual training at Camp Ripley and…

Illinois Cuffs & Collars – April 20th, 2012

Region I  While on patrol, a CPO received a complaint of a subject standing in a creek with steel posts. Following up on the complaint, the CPO arrested the subject for an illegal trap set and possession of a river otter. A Marseilles man was charged with failure to tag his deer immediately upon harvest and before being moved and…

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – April 20th, 2012

District 1 — Ashland area Warden Brad Biser, of Brule, with assistance from warden John Krull, of Superior, contacted a subject who admitted to shooting three turkeys from the road while the subject traveled home from work. The season was not open, and this individual had not applied for any turkey permits. Several citations were issued, with restitution requested for…

New York Cuffs & Collars – April 20th, 2012

Northern District highlights How not to act in court (St. Lawrence County) On  Feb. 15, ECO Jonathan Ryan was in the Town of Stockholm court at the request of the town justice. Ryan was there to ensure a defendant made an appearance to answer his unlawful disposal of solid waste ticket. The defendant had “forgotten” his first court date. Ryan…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – April 20th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) patrolled area WMAs and presented the law and ethics portion to the Lancaster firearm safety class. CO Jeff Birchem (Baudette) checked anglers and boaters on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River for compliance with rules and regulations. Several calls about possible wolf depredation were investigated. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief…

Ohio Cuffs and Collars – April 13th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • With the warm weather this winter, the illegal off-road use of the Delaware Wildlife Area started earlier than usual. Delaware County Wildlife Officer Steve Harvey was on routine patrol when he noticed that many areas of the Delaware Wildlife Area had been rutted up by 4X4 vehicles driving off road. Harvey reported what…

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – April 13th, 2012

DISTRICT 1 CO Trey Luce served a warrant on a subject for taking a deer last firearms deer season without a license. CO Dave Painter responded to a call about a suicidal subject in Iron County. CO Painter observed a set of boots extending out from a small bridge in the area of the complaint. With the assistance of a…

MInnesota Cuffs & Collars – April 13th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) investigated and took enforcement action on an individual who started a non-permitted fire that got out of control. CO Larry Milbridge (Warroad) spent the week checking anglers, ATVers, invasive species, and illegal fires. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the firearms safety class in…

Illinois Cuffs & Collars – April 6th, 2012

Region I  A District 7 CPO responded to a trapping complaint in Woodford County of a raccoon in a dog-proof leghold trap for over 24 hours. Upon further investigation, the licensed trapper had checked the trap on each calendar day and no enforcement action was taken. A CPO conducted an inspection of a fur bearing mammal breeder. The CPO attempted…

Wisconsin Cuffs & Collars – April 4th, 2012

District 9 — Black River Falls area Warden Matt Modjeski, of Sparta, investigated a trap theft case in Glendale Township. Modjeski found the traps had been set on private land without permission and within 2 feet of a deer carcass. Enforcement action was taken for placing the traps within 25 feet of sight-exposed bait. A December 2010 case involving a…

New York Cuffs & Collars – April 6th, 2012

Northern District highlights Unpermitted junkyard (Broome County) On Jan. 17, ECO Eric Templeton completed a solid waste complaint investigation in the town of Nanticoke. The investigation began back in March of 2011 when Chris Warner with DEC’s spills unit referred an illegal dumping of “non-exempt” construction and demolition material on a property along Leekville Road. With the assistance of Tom…

Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – Arpil 6th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) checked walleye and sturgeon anglers on the Rainy River with CO Milbridge. Assistance was given to local law enforcement personnel regarding a possible stolen ATV. CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of a firearms safety class in Fisher and completed a trapping investigation. CO Angie…

Ohio Cuffs and Collars – March 30th, 2012

Central Ohio – Wildlife District 1 • During the 2011 deer archery season, Madison County Wildlife Officer Matt Teders received information about a potential hunting without permission violation occurring on a company’s property. Teders and a company security officer found a treestand located on a remote part of the company’s property with an individual in the treestand. Teders ordered the…

Minnesota Cuffs & Collars – March 30th, 2012

District 1 – Baudette area CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) monitored ice shelter removal from area waterways and testified at a court trial. A report about a dead coyote left in a snare was investigated. CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) assisted DNR Forestry staff with wildfire activity and the burning of illegal materials. A complaint about an individual…

Michigan Cuffs & Collars – March 30th, 2012

DISTRICT 1 COs Mark Leadman and Marv Gerlach approached an angler on a lake in western Marquette County. As they neared, the COs observed the subject quickly toss an object into his fishing shack. When questioned, the angler produced a trout that he had caught earlier. Unfortunately, he had failed to buy an all-species fishing license and was ticketed for…

Pennsylvania Cuffs & Collars – March 30th, 2012

NORTHWEST REGION •Crawford County WCO Jacob J. Olexsak reports that guilty pleas were entered in a case from rifle deer season, involving multiple illegal deer, resulting in fines of more than $2,800. Hunting license revocation will be assessed for each violation. •Crawford County John A. McKellop processed two river otters that were accidently caught by beaver trappers in eastern Crawford…